MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Local restaurant managers are realizing they need to bring back some familiar faces to keep business flowing. In order to do that, they are making some serious cuts, but not to their staff. Instead, their prices.
Local restaurants are keeping their staff up by targeting you and catering to locals during the off season, some have already started.
"After Labor Day it's like a ghost town around here," Zeke Springs said.
Without the business of a tourist packed summer, some local businesses can start to suffer. Numbers from The Department of Employment and Workforce show Horry County's Unemployment rate last month was 6.6 up from 5.7 in July.
Though used to the seasonal drop off, Zeke Springs, The Assistant Manager of King Street Grille, says they've already introduced their fall specials.
"You want to keep people coming in, you want to keep them coming in because the winter can be rough sometimes. The winter can be really rough," Springs said.
Springs explains how they start listing different half priced items for each day of the week and start in on football based specials. Zeke enjoys having deals that bring in the same familiar faces. He says that's what keeps business going.
Assistant Manager at Nacho Hippo, Cyndy Mauldin, agrees.
"Bringing in the locals keeps us steady all through this time of the year. We like to cater to them. They are our on-going business," Mauldin said.
Cyndy explains their monthly events also help bring in locals outside of their patron base. They had a veterans appreciation event.
"This is the time of the year to really show our appreciation for the people that can't always make it here in the summer time," Mauldin said.
"It makes us feel pretty good, brings us in. Seems like they care about us as much as the tourists.They have their months, we have ours," Michael Davis said.
Michael Davis, a local himself, feels not dealing with the crowds is a deal enough.
Restaurant managers agree the deals are what keep them afloat and hope to see more and more familiar faces.
"Just keep us in business. Try to get people out. Let people know the deals and the specials we have so people know they don't have to spend a fortune to go get dinner," Springs said.
Getting into October, many restaurants in the area are extending their happy hour deals and putting out early bird menus to try to keep you coming in all winter long.